Tapeworms

7 Jan 2020

Facebook image 1Did you know that tapeworm segments containing up to 30 eggs, can wriggle their way out of your pet’s bum and onto your carpet?  It’s just one reason why you might want to worm your pet regularly.

Almost all dogs and cats will become infected with worms at some point in their lives with puppies and kittens being especially at risk.  Roundworms can be passed from the mother before birth and after, through her milk.  An infestation may cause weight loss, a swollen abdomen, vomiting and diarrhoea and your pet can become seriously ill very quickly as a result of an infestation.

Some species of tapeworms in dogs and cats can infect people, particularly children, and your pet may not show signs of illness until the parasite is present in large numbers.  The two main types of worms that may infect your cat or dog are Tapeworm and Roundworm.

Roundworms are spread through the environment or from mother to puppy/kitten, with tapeworms usually spreading through fleas.  Both types of worms are easy to eliminate by using a worming product and remember if your pet has tapeworm then they must also be treated for fleas.

It’s also very important that as a responsible dog owner you always carry poop bags so you can clean up after your dog so that any parasites that might be present do not cause a risk to humans who share the same space.

Check out this guide to see how often you should worm your pet, HERE,  based on your own specific needs.

Download our leaflet HERE which explains what each parasite is.  If you think your pet is affected by parasites, book in for a complimentary consultation to discuss what you should be preventing and what products are available.